A California girl who was declared brain-dead
after a tonsillectomy last month and later moved to a new care facility after a
legal battle has undergone surgery to insert feeding and breathing tubes, a
family attorney said on Wednesday.
Jahi McMath, 13, was transferred from
Children's Hospital and Research Centre in Oakland, outside of San Francisco,
where she had remained without brain activity for nearly four weeks, to an
undisclosed Catholic care centre on Sunday night.
Doctors at the new care centre performed tracheotomy
and gastrostomy surgeries, Christopher Dolan, attorney for the girl's family,
said in a Twitter message.
"She is doing very well, and now
getting the treatment she should have gotten 28 days ago," Dolan said.
"Doctors are optimistic that her condition has stabilised.
"The case has drawn international
attention and the support of pro-life groups, including one founded by the
family of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who died in 2005 after a 15-year
battle over whether to keep her body alive in a persistent vegetative state.
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It was not clear when the procedures took
place. On Monday, Dolan told a press conference that Jahi had "wasted away
at Children's Hospital (and) that she might not make it." McMath was admitted
to Children's Hospital on Dec 9 to have her tonsils removed and for other
procedures to address sleep apnoea. After the surgery, she went into cardiac
arrest and suffered brain swelling.
The hospital declared her brain-dead on
Dec 12 and made plans to remove her from the ventilator, but her family has
fought in state and federal court to keep her on life support.
Maintaining life support
A restraining order barring the hospital
from removing that life support had been set to expire on Tuesday.
An online fundraiser launched by Jahi's
mother, Nailah Winkfield, seeking to raise $20 000 to pay for her daughter's
transfer exceeded $55 000 on Wednesday.
The family and its lawyer have declined to
give the name or general location of Jahi's current care facility, saying they
have received threats of violence from members of the public who disagree with
their handling of Jahi's case.
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